Evanescence

Feeling dark and mysterious? Check out this snippet on Evanescence, which means "disappearance". Apparently.

Evanescence: creators of the most powerful hair styling gel known to man.

Just The Facts

  1. 1) Critics argue as to whether Evanescence are a rock or metal band, but agree on the term “gothic” when used to describe the bands’ sound.
  2. 2) The band was founded in 1995 in Little Rock, Arkansas, releasing their debut album in 2000, and are reportedly working on new material for an album due to be released in 2010.
  3. 3) Blender Magazine have listed singer Amy Lee as one of the hottest women in rock (although she could be one of the hottest women in metal, but she’s definitely one of the hottest women on the gothic scene).

More General Info...

Evanescence was founded by vocalist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody, when the latter heard the former play Meatloaf’s “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” on the piano at a youth camp, (where the counsellors DID NOT touch them in their special places). Deciding that he wouldn’t do it for love, but would definitely do it for the money and the women, Moody quickly recruited Lee and the two of them wrote several songs together, including everyone’s favourite tune: “My Immortal”. Favourite, in the sense that it was a song you heard on the radio and kind of sang along to, but not loud enough that anyone else in the car would notice. The duo recruited some more members, since two people does not a band make. I’m looking at you, White Stripes!

 

Do you see a band? Because I just see two siblings. It's not a gig, it's a jam session!!

Do you see a band? Because I just see two siblings. Hell I could start a "band" with my sister. If I had a sister.

 

Since then, the lineup has changed several times, to the point at which the “former members” (including Ben Moody) list on Wikipedia is larger than the “current members” list, showing just exactly how much self-confidence the band have in themselves. In fact, the only founding member still with the band is Lee, which causes this writer to wonder if the other members of the band know something about her that we don’t. Y’know, like if she has 6 toes or something…

The "Christian" Debacle

The main thing that has plagued the career of Evanescence has been the “Christian” controversy. In 2000, Ben Moody stated in an interview that Evanescence “hope to express in [their] music that Christianity is not a rigid list of rules to follow”, and that “The message [they] as a band want to convey more than anything is simple—God is Love.” To date, none of the bands’ songs have reflected this. The band decided to market their album “Fallen” in both secular and Christian markets, in an attempt to prove that Christians are just as good at making rock/metal/goth music as anyone else. This turned out to be a great plan, as Christian stores actively promoted the album, and the song “Bring Me To Life” reached number 5 on the Christian music charts, and was featured on the film “Daredevil”, because nothing says Christian more than Ben Affleck as a blind superhero.

 

Deciding that, actually, being Christian wasn’t “edgy” enough, Moody responded to their success in 18 simple words: “We're actually high on the Christian charts, and I'm like, what the f--k are we even doing there?” One could defend this as pious humility, but as a general rule the devout tend not to use the f word; it’s not their style. This caused Christian music stores to pull the album off their shelves as if Jesus had just strolled back into town.

 

See that cross on his finger? That may or may not mean he's a Christian...

See that cross tattoo on his finger? That may or may not mean he's a Christian...

Narnia

Amy Lee has claimed that she wrote a song for the film “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe”, but that it was rejected because Amy Lee is just too cool. The producers renounced this claim, saying that no Evanescence music was planned for the film, and that Amy Lee isn’t that cool anyway. The actuality is probably something more like: Amy Lee wrote a song about Aslan, which everyone thought sucked but didn’t have the heart to tell her.